team mike's paddle

That's right we have a race team! Don't be scared, our race team is about the spirit of Ohana (Hawaiian word for family) and sharing the stoke. Race team members range from beginners to locally or nationally ranked racers. We practice together, laugh together and sometimes cry together. We're also all about healthy food! Each practice has one of our designated cooks to bring delicious and nutritious food directed by our on-staff nutritionist Suzie Lee! 

Adult, Junior and Groms

  • Adult teams members are from ages 18 and up: Our adult team started in 2016-2017 winter season and we have taken the NorCal race scene by storm! Our team members are very active in local and regional races and regularly take podiums.
  • Junior Team members are from ages 12 to 18.: Our first season for the Junior Team will start in 2017-18 winter season.
  • Groms Team members are ages 12 and under: We do not have a Groms program yet, the first season will start in 2018-2019 winter.

Sample Team Practices

Team practices are every two weeks for 3 hours. During a month, one of the practices is based in Mike's Paddle and the other is based out of another location in the Bay Area. Transportation is either provided or we carpool to another location. The format of the practices can vary but general it is as follows.

adult, junior, grom practices

  • All adult team practices are on Saturday mornings. We will have dedicated coaches for each of the teams, on occasions we might combine teams when appropriate.
  • All Junior and Grom practices are on Sunday mornings. We will have dedicated coaches for each of the teams, on occasions we might combine teams when appropriate.

Mike's Paddle Location Practice

  • Hour 1: Info, land warm up and paddle warm up
  • Hour 2: PaddleFit either on the beach or on water (see PaddleFit class)
  • Hour 3: 2-4 mile paddle

Bay Area Location Practice

  • Note: this practice could take up to a whole day due to distance travelled
  • Hour 1: Info, land warm up and paddle warm up
  • Hour 2-3: Long paddle (this paddle could be a flat water paddle, a downwind paddle or surf depending on the season and conditions)
  • We may have different paddles for adults, junior and grom teams in away locations based on abilities.

Regional Races (Required)

You signed up for the team, so now you gotta race right? We have all the logistics worked out for regional races. We organize rental houses, food and transportation for races in the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and beyond! The 2017 required Regional Races for team members are:

  • At least two of the Mike's paddle Sunday Fun Races
  • At least two of the 101 Surf Sports Races
  • PaddleFest NorCal SUP - 2018 TBD
  • Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival - August 2018 TBD
  • Battle of the Bay by Bluerush Surf Sports - September 23, 2017, 2018 TBD
  • Alameda Islander by Mike's Paddle - October,2018 TBD

Regional and National Races (Optional)

Are you ready for the next level? Here are the regional and national races that we are considering to go as a team. The final decision will be based on how many people are committed to go. Volunteers are needed, so please contact Mike if you want to organize it!

  • Santa Cruz Paddle Fest - April  2018 TBD
  • Carolinas Cup - April 18-22nd, 2018
  • Olukai's Ho'olaulei'a - April 28-29, 2018
  • Santa Monica Pier Paddle - June - TBD
  • Gorge Paddle Challenge - August - TBD
  • Hong Kong International - August - TBD
  • PaddleFit Games - Canada - September TBD

Team Member Commitments and Benefits

Committments

  • Must represent Mike's Paddle with the spirit of Ohana and sharing the stoke
  • Must attend at least one of the team trainings each month
  • Must race/support/attend in above required regional races (you don't have to race)
  • Must wear Mike's Paddle jersey and hat in races
  • Volunteer to help support the team in a way that you feel comfortable

Benefits

  • Belong to a great community of paddlers!
  • Be in the know for team only paddles and trips
  • Half price in race/downwind/premium board membership $60/mo (usually $120/mo)
  • Team pricing for boards, paddles and gear (20%-50% off retail pricing)

Team Fees

  • Team fees are $40 per month to support group expenses such as food and incidentals
  • Ad-hoc team members (those who are not committed to all practices) - each practice is $40.
  • Race/downwind/premium board fees for the team is $60/mo (usually $120/mo)
  • Race/downwind/premium board rental fees per day for team members (usually $90/day) - each practice is is $50.
  • Wetsuit rentals are $20 per day,
  • No booties rentals available.
  • Paddle demos are free to all team members, first come first serve.

Equipment

Required Personal equipment

  • Personal Floatation Device 
  • Hydration Pack
  • Paddle
  • Wetsuit
    • Spring/Summer - Farmer John/Jane 2mm-3mm
    • Winter/Spring - Full body 3mm-4mm
  • Water shoes
    • Spring/Summer - barefoot or sandals
    • Winter/Spring - booties 3mm-4mm

We do have team equipment of above but we cannot guarantee quantity or fit for any specific practice. So it is best that you have your own. There are team discounts on all equipment so please contact the shop if you need help with the purchase. To outfit yourself with all the equipment above can cost anywhere between $300 (used, standard) to $1000 (new, top of the line) depending the quality and usage of the equipment. 

optional personal equipment

  • Winter Paddling Gear: splash jacket, gloves, hats, booties
  • Board: race board, downwind board, SUP surf board
  • Race/Surf paddle
  • Leashes
  • Race Fins

Transportation

  • Adult team: we expect everyone to carpool and help with board loading and unloading - especially if you don't have a board. Usually for away races and outings, we meet at Mike's Paddle first to load the boards to the trailer with the van. All transportation are carpool and not commercial. We do not charge for people transportation.
  • Junior team: we expect parents to help carpool the junior team and with board loading and unloading - especially if you kids don't have a board. Usually for away races and outings, we meet at Mike's Paddle first to load the boards to the trailer with the van. All transportation are carpool and not commercial. We do not provide or charge for people transportation.

Team Apparel

  • Team Rash Guards
  • Team T-shirts and Sweatshirts
  • Team Truckers Hats

2017 Summer/Fall (May to October)

  • 5/6/17    Sat    2:00PM-5:00PM    Mike's Paddle to Bay Farm Bridge or San LeandroDownwind 5 or 10 Miles    Ebb 12:22 to Slack 3:50
  • 5/21/17    Sun    9:00AM-12:00PM    Mike's Paddle    2 Miles, 8 Miles, or 16 Miles    Slack 8:41 to Ebb 11:44
  • 5/27/17    Sat    Cal 100 Race    Redding, CA    100 miles   Cancelled
  • 6/3/17    Sat    2:00PM-5:00PM    Treasure Island to Emeryville   Downwind 3 Miles    Slack 2:50 to Flood 6:24
  • 6/18/17    Sun    9:00AM-12:00PM    Mike's Paddle   2 Miles, 6 Miles, or 16 Miles    Ebb 10:14 to Slack 1:12
  • 7/1/17    Sat    1:00PM-5:00PM    Crissy Field to AT&T Park or Mike's Paddle   5 Miles, 8 Miles or 13 Miles    Slack 1:30 to Flood 5:02
  • 7/16/17    Sun    9:00AM-12:00PM    Mike's Paddle    2 Miles, 6 Miles, or 16 Miles    Ebb 8:30 to Slack 11:46
  • 8/5/17    Sat    2:00PM-5:00PM    AT&T to Oyster Point    Downwind 8 Miles    Slack 12:57 to Ebb 3:24
  • 8/12/17    Sat    Tahoe Nalu 1, 5, 10 mile    Lake Tahoe    1, 5, 10 Miles    
  • 8/20/17    Sun    9:00AM-12:00PM    Crissy Field to Alcatraz RT    6 Miles    Flood 9:41 Slack 12:519/2/17    Sat    2:00PM-5:00PM    Mike's Paddle    2 Miles, 6 Miles or 16 Miles   Ebb 12:58 to Slack 3:56
  • 9/17/17    Sun    9:00AM-12:00PM    Sausalito to Angel Island RT    10 Miles    Flood 8:35 Slack 11:39 Ebb 2:34
  • 9/23/17    Sat    Battle of the Bay    San Francisco    
  • 10/7/17    Sat    2:00pm-5:00pmMike's Paddle    

2017-2018 Open house 10/21/2017

  • 10/21/17   Sat   9:00am-12:00pm   Mike's Paddle Team Winter Open House - Paddle, Eat and Meet & Greet

2017-2018 Winter/Spring (November to April)

  • 11/4/17    Sat   101 Surf Sports Race  San Rafael - Boards and transportation will be organized for this race.
  • 11/11/17   Sat  Adult Team Practice 9;00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Forward Strokes Clinic (sprint time trial and video analysis) 
  • 11/12/17  Sun  Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race/Junior Team Practice
  • 11/18/17   Sat Adult Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm   Richmond - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 11/19/17   Sun Junior Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm   Richmond - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 12/2/17     Sat Adult Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm  Mike's Paddle - Buoy Turn Clinic (instruction on turns, pivot turns, mock sprint race)
  • 12/3/17    Sun Junior Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm  Mike's Paddle - Buoy Turn Clinic (instruction on turns, pivot turns, mock sprint race)
  • 12/9/17    Sat Adult Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm   San Francisco - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 12/10/17  Sun   Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race/Junior Team Practice
  • 12/16/17  Sat  101 Surf Sports Race  Redwood City - Boards and transportation will be organized for this race.
  • 1/6/17    Sat  Adult Team Practice 9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Race Start Clinic (beach start and water start, mock race starts)
  • 1/7/17    Sun Junior Team Practice  9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Race Start Clinic (beach start and water start, mock race starts)
  • 1/13/18  Sat  101 Surf Sports Race  San Rafael - Boards and transportation will be organized for this race.
  • 1/14/18   Sun  Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race/Junior Team Practice
  • 1/20/18-1/21/18   Sat/Sun   Joint Adult and Junior All weekend  Sacramento - location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized. Possible overnight.
  • 2/3/18    Adult Team Practice Sat    9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Forward Strokes Clinic (sprint time trail and video analysis)
  • 2/4/18    Junior Team Practice Sun    9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Forward Strokes Clinic (sprint time trail and video analysis)
  • 2/10/18  Adult Team Practice Sat   9:00am - 12:00pm Mountain View - location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 2/11/18  Sun   Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race/Junior Team Practice
  • 2/17/18  Sat   101 Surf Sports Race Redwood City - Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 3/3/18   Sat   10 Surf Sports Race San Rafael - Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 3/10/18  Sat   9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle  - Buoy Turn Clinic (instruction on turns, pivot turns, mock sprint race)
  • 3/11/18   Sun  Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race/Junior Team Practice
  • 3/24/18  Adult Team Practice Sat  All day  Angel Island - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized. Possible overnight.
  • 3/25/18  Junior Team Practice Sun  All day  Angel Island - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized. Possible overnight.
  • 4/7/18   Adult Team Practice Sat   9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Race Start Clinic (beach start and water start, mock race starts)
  • 4/8/18   Junior Team Practice Sun   9:00am - 12:00pm Mike's Paddle - Race Start Clinic (beach start and water start, mock race starts)
  • 4/15/18 Sun  Mike's Paddle Sunday Fun Race
  • 4/21/18  Adult Team Practice Sat  9:00am - 12:00pm Benecia - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.
  • 4/22/18  Junior Team Practice Sat  9:00am - 12:00pm Benecia - Location and paddle TBD. Boards and transportation will be organized.

2018 Open House 4/28/2018

  • 4/28/18Sat   9:00am-12:00pm   Mike's Paddle Team Summer Open House - Paddle, Eat and Meet & Greet

Apply for the team now!

Please talk to our head coach, Mike Wang. Call 415-867-6542 or email mike@mikespaddle.com